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Advice on starting your own non-profit organization from someone who's in the muck. ...

Advice on starting your own non-profit organization from someone who's in the muck.

Aaron Bramley used a pretty extensive metaphor to talk about starting his own non-profit organization called Lights. Camera. Help.

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  • WELCOME
  • HI THERE, MY NAME IS AARON
  • David had idea First meeting Initial scope Second Meeting 1 st event Scope of org Festival Money raised Brand results Continued results
  • In this beginning, collect your thoughts
  • Have a concrete idea before inviting people to join LCH's was non-profit film festival only As wee added people, the cope has gotten bigger Not b/c of one person but all of us.
  • You have to be willing to accept that the way your organizations achieves its goals will change.
  • As a founder, it's your responsibility to make sure that you are staying on track to fulfill your cause. LCH example: Mission statement changed, goal is the same Festival to screenings to volunteer match to education to ???
  • Ask the audience what they think the trait is.
  • From LCH, we have three people with autonomy to make decisions. The goal is concrete but the way we accomplish it is very flexible. Help npo's communicate. Many ways to do that.
  • Intuition is your most valuable tool. You should know when your idea is right
  • If you don't know, it's okay, just bring in a few more people until you know for sure.
  • It's all potential in the muck. Lots of good work get's done when you have nothing to loose. We are going to talk about a few tools you can use to make sure you successfully get
  • Rhino uses it to keep away flies and diseases LCH's most effective tool = social media 140 submissions from all over the world Many many blog posts Over 500 facebook fans 200 mailing list subscribers 5,000 twitter followers 100 people linked in group Overage of 30 hits/day.
  • Analogy about tires LCH Sold out but people didn't show Need to watch films as they come in Interns to research and book venues a head of time UT isa great resource.
  • We used what ever was free SWKEY UT New movement $500 donations for sponsorships Borrow, beg and steal.
  • Now we're using what we learned about our idea and our audience to creat something that people really want. Collaboration is a great skill.
  • Very functional but you still need additional tools and a bit of new skills you will great something awesome. LCH example. This is where we are. Constructing this. Texas C Bar Whole UT Class More social media Some press coverage Developing programs Bringing on longer relationship interns Collaborating with other orgs
  • Talk about your blog entry. How has LCH done that Developing nonprofits Introduce people Excellence This is where we are headed. Requires expertise, time and vision.
  • We all came from the same place. Help lift someone out and it will only help you cause it's helping you cause.

In The Thick Of It! Presentation Transcript

  • 1. IN THE THICK OF IT! ADVICE ON STARTING YOUR OWN NON-PROFIT FROM SOMEONE WHO'S IN THE MUCK
  • 2. AARON BRAMLEY TWITTER: @AARONMSB EMAIL: AARON.BRAMLEY@GMAIL.COM DIRECTOR/CO-FOUNDER LIGHTS. CAMERA. HELP. WWW.LIGHTSCAMERAHELP.ORG DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL MEDIA RIDGEWOOD ASSOCIATES PUBLIC RELATIONS WWW.RIDGEWOODPR.COM
  • 3. LIGHTS. CAMERA. HELP. FOUNDED: JANUARY 2009 NON-PROFIT IN TEXAS: JUNE 2009 501(c) 3 STATUS: TDB 2010 (FINGERS CROSSED) MISSION: Lights. Camera. Help. is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to encouraging other nonprofit and cause-driven organizations to use film and video to tell their stories. We do this through education and volunteer match programs, screenings and an annual charity film festival.
  • 4. WHAT IS THIS STUFF? • DEFINE YOUR ORGANIZATION'S SCOPE FROM THE BEGINNING
  • 5. WHAT IS THIS STUFF? • DEFINE YOUR ORGANIZATION'S SCOPE FROM THE BEGINNING • BE AS SPECIFIC AS POSSIBLE BEFORE BRINGING ON COLLABORATORS
  • 6. WHAT IS THIS STUFF? • DEFINE YOUR ORGANIZATION'S SCOPE FROM THE BEGINNING • BE AS SPECIFIC AS POSSIBLE BEFORE BRINGING ON COLLABORATORS • UNDERSTAND THAT THE SCOPE WILL MORPH
  • 7. WHAT IS THIS STUFF? • DEFINE YOUR ORGANIZATION'S SCOPE FROM THE BEGINNING • BE AS SPECIFIC AS POSSIBLE BEFORE BRINGING ON COLLABORATORS • UNDERSTAND THAT THE SCOPE WILL MORPH • IT'S YOUR JOB TO MAKE SURE THESE CHANGES BENEFIT YOUR ORGANIZATION
  • 8. MAKE SURE IT'S CLAY • LOOK FOR THE UNIQUE TRAIT THAT MAKES YOUR IDEA USEFUL
  • 9. MAKE SURE IT'S CLAY • LOOK FOR THE UNIQUE TRAIT THAT MAKES YOUR IDEA USEFUL • LOOK FOR A GOOD COMBINATION OF MALUABLE AND CONCRETE
  • 10. MAKE SURE IT'S CLAY • LOOK FOR THE UNIQUE TRAIT THAT MAKES YOUR IDEA USEFUL • LOOK FOR A GOOD COMBINATION OF MALEABLE AND CONCRETE • IF IT FEELS LIKE CLAY IT PROBABLY IS CLAY
  • 11. MAKE SURE IT'S CLAY • LOOK FOR THE UNIQUE TRAIT THAT MAKES YOUR IDEA USEFUL • LOOK FOR A GOOD COMBINATION OF MALUABLE AND CONCRETE • IF IT FEELS LIKE CLAY IT PROBABLY IS CLAY • IF YOU'RE NOT SURE, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY, ASK SOMEONE
  • 12. MAKE SURE IT'S CLAY • LOOK FOR THE UNIQUE TRAIT THAT MAKES YOUR IDEA USEFUL • LOOK FOR A GOOD COMBINATION OF MALUABLE AND CONCRETE • IF IT FEELS LIKE CLAY IT PROBABLY IS CLAY • IF YOU'RE NOT SURE, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY, ASK SOMEONE PLEASE
  • 13. MUCK IS NOT BAD EVERY ORGANIZATION STARTS IN THE MUCK THE DIFFERECE IS HOW YOU USE IT
  • 14. BE READY TO CHARGE AHEAD MUCK CAN KEEP THE FLIES AWAY IT CAN PREPARE YOU FOR THE NEXT STEPS
  • 15. DON'T GET STUCK IN MUCK TAKE RISKS BUT PLAN CARFEULLY REMEMBER TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD
  • 16. USE THE RIGHT TOOLS IN THE BEGINNING IT'S QUICK AND MESSY REMEMBER TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD
  • 17. LEARN THE RIGHT SKILLS NEXT, IT REQUIRES FINESSE REMEMBER TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD
  • 18. JOB WELL DONE YAY! YOU'VE CREATED SOMETHING. NOW WHAT? THINK BIGGER AND ALLOW EXPANSION
  • 19. NICE 2ND EFFORT YOU'VE CREATED SOMETHING BETTER. NOW WHAT? NOW ITS TIME TO REFINE
  • 20. BECOME A LEADER CHAMPION YOUR CAUSE AND CONNECT WITH OTHERS THIS GIVES YOU ETHOS AND CRED
  • 21. WE'VE ALL BEEN THERE DON'T FORGET YOUR ROOTS HELP OTHERS THE WAY YOU'VE BEEN HELPED
  • 22. AARON BRAMLEY TWITTER: @AARONMSB EMAIL: AARON.BRAMLEY@GMAIL.COM DIRECTOR/CO-FOUNDER LIGHTS. CAMERA. HELP. WWW.LIGHTSCAMERAHELP.ORG DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL MEDIA RIDGEWOOD ASSOCIATES PUBLIC RELATIONS WWW.RIDGEWOODPR.COM